Every food-supplying small business within the Shire of Harvey would have been eligible for a kitchen upgrade of up to $15,000, if a new motion had been carried. At last week’s council meeting, Cr Bill Adams raised a motion to give grants to small businesses within the shire that provided “food and drink to the local community”. However, the money would only be able to be put towards kitchen upgrades, not wages or other expenses. “It would help businesses and local retailers and be a good use of ratepayers’ dollars,” Cr Adams said. “I see it as a win-win. “It’s your choice,” Cr Adams said to the other councillors during his online presentation. The motion came after a heated discussion on whether to endorse a $68,000 kitchen upgrade at the Leschenault Pavilion. The pavilion is a council-owned building which has been leased to the Leschenault Sporting Association Inc. The council was asked to help fund the kitchen upgrades and subsidise the wages of employees. “We are now being asked to cover the utility costs until 2022 and as long as necessary, however this is a commercial enterprise,” Cr Adams said. Cr Tanya Jackson said the Leschenault Pavilion was a not-for-profit business. “What has been forgotten, is that the money goes to user groups within the centre,” she said. “It is not for personal profit.” Cr Robyn Coleman believed the needy would not benefit from Cr Adam’s proposed grant program. “Who are we funding?” Cr Coleman said. “Some building owners are not even providing rent relief. These owners have half-a-million (dollars) in the bank, so who will benefit from the kitchen upgrades?” The motion was lost, however the Leschenault Pavilion received $68,000 to upgrade its kitchen.